Community CHIP Membership Criteria

1. Each full member shall:

  1. Receive approval of the CHIP Board of Directors of its application for membership in CHIP.
  2. Support social change in one or more of the following ways:
    1. Advocate for a more equitable distribution of resources, wealth, and power through information and education;
    2. Provide people with the tools to act together to create change on a systemic level;
    3. Advocate for the elimination of social, economic, cultural, and political barriers that keep people from fully participating in our society; and
    4. Promote respect for the natural and human environments and their sustainability.
  3. Qualify as an exempt organization under Section 501 (c) (3) or 501 (c) (4) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or the corresponding provision of any future United States Internal Revenue Law.
  4. Be registered with the Wisconsin Department of Regulation and Licensing as a charitable organization.
  5. Have a demonstrated base of support from individuals and the community at-large including financial, in-kind, and volunteer.
  6. Make decisions about the use of funds received from CHIP independent of any nationwide parent organization, or otherwise demonstrate that funds received from CHIP will be used in support of program services in Wisconsin.
  7. Demonstrate responsible management through a financial system based on generally accepted accounting principles and established mechanisms to assure ongoing and long-range programmatic and fiscal planning and evaluation.
  8. Have been incorporated for at least one (1) year prior to membership application to CHIP.
  9. Have an office located or be headquartered in Wisconsin.
  10. Have a volunteer Board of Directors.
  11. Adhere to the nondiscrimination policy as set forth in Article II. C.5, Community CHIP of Wisconsin Bylaws.
  12. Not inhibit or prohibit employees from organizing a union.

2. Each full member shall meet the following obligations:

  1. Maintain the conditions specified in III. A. 1
  2. Adhere to policies and obligations of CHIP as set forth in these bylaws and other membership duties as established by the Board of Directors.
  3. Submit a statement that funds received from CHIP will be used for the organization’s stated purposes.
  4. Provide financial support to CHIP through membership dues and administrative assessments determined annually.
  5. Participate in periodic reviews to assure compliance with these bylaws.
  6. Provide the annual number of work hours as established by the Board of Directors.
  7. Designate an individual to serve on the CHIP Board of Directors and to act as a liaison between CHIP and the member organization.
  8. Assure that a representative from the organization shall be an active member of at least one (1) CHIP committee.
  9. Treat each other in a respectful manner.